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Address: Rua Alfredo Pacha, s/n0, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Description: The Crystal Palace was built in France as a greenhouse to grow orchids.
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While it may hold historical significance as one of the oldest imported pre-fab buildings in Brazil, it's a shame they aren't doing more with it. It's basically a big empty... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

While it may hold historical significance as one of the oldest imported pre-fab buildings in Brazil, it's a shame they aren't doing more with it. It's basically a big empty greenhouse - why not put plants in it like the olden days?

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Milton, Georgia
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938 helpful votes 938 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Nice place to visit, lovely garden, interesting architecture. But, there is a lack of more than the garden and structure. If you are driving by it is worth a quick stop. Parking is difficult in the area. If this review is helpful then please indicate so below.

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São Paulo
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30 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014 via mobile

Nice place to visit, beautiful garden and pleasant atmosphere. But lack of other interest beside the garden and glass structure. It seems that some expositions take place there but in short periods of time.

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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Nothing extraordinary with this Crystal Palace besides the Calma and quiet square where it is located.

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Melbourne, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Heard the best tenor singing an Opera scene in this venue that was the best Ive heard in my lifetime. The setting and accoustics made the experience even better. I love this venue.

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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60 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This sounds better than it is in actuality. Personally I find the glass house in Rio's Botanical Garden of more interest. But from a historical perspective this place seems important. It just didn't do much for me.

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Tucson, Arizona
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Maybe I was there on an off time, but I didn't understand why it's a tourist attraction. There's not much to see, and the whole visit took under 15 minutes. There was nothing inside the palace; essentially, it looks like an empty greenhouse.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

The place is nice although when I read the name of the place, I imagined lots of different possibilities for the place, but when I arrived there, I say a beautiful garden with an empty place made by glasses. I think it's better whenever they have concerts and events there, I was unlucky though

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Palace?! Park with stage is more like it... Ok, it has it's historical background but perhaps something could be organised by the municipality to make it more attractive a location.

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Markham, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

I'm not sure why we bothered with this. The building itself is nice to look at for about 10 seconds. There are lots of orchids inside. We've seen much more and much better in lots of different locations, so I'm not sure why this is considered to be a must-see.

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